When Diana Green found out the devastating news that she had breast cancer in 2002, she knew immediately she was going to do two things. One, she was going to fight it. And two, she was going to run.
Despite the fact that Green, then 68, had no experience running before her shocking diagnosis, she decided that she was going to run the London Marathon in the next year. And after undergoing surgery to have the lump removed and radiation treatment, that's exactly what she did.
But the story doesn't end there.
Green ran the London Marathon every year after that. This year will be her 13th time doing so. But there's something extra special about this year's race.
"I’m so looking forward to running in the marathon on Sunday and this year on my birthday!" Green said. "It’s going to be tough but the atmosphere is so amazing and I know that will help me cross the finish line."
Yep, she will be turning 82 while she runs the marathon!
Colin Norford, assistant director of national fundraising at Breast Cancer Now, said he is thrilled that Green continues to be part of the race.
He said, "She is an inspiration to us all, and proof that no matter your age, it’s never too late to take on a challenge and do some amazing fundraising."
via Huffington Post
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